Making art work: an economic study of professional artists in Australia

Arts Artists Skilled workforce Arts funding Australia

This is the sixth report in a series carried out independently over thirty years by Professor Throsby at Macquarie University, with funding from the Australia Council. The series tracks trends in the lives and working conditions of Australian artists over thirty years and identifies challenges and opportunities for artists’ careers into the future. Aspects explored include:

  • the composition of the artist population
  • education and training
  • career progression
  • income and expenditure
  • patterns of working time
  • professional practice issues
  • intellectual property and copyright issues
  • use of digital technology


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